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2021 BMW F 850 GS Adventure [Model Overview]

2021 BMW F 850 GS Adventure

The 2021 BMW F 850 GS Adventure is the Ultimate Middleweight Adventure Bike

The 2021 BMW F 850 GS Adventure is the top model in the BMW Motorrad middleweight adventure class, and one of the most exciting motorcycles in the 2021 BMW line-up. It’s an uprated version of the standard F 850 GS, but with plenty of differences that elevate it above the base model.

Like the regular F 850 GS, the F 850 GS Adventure uses a compact European-made liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. There are no differences between the two, and the 853 cc twin-cylinder powerplant produces the same power outputs of 90 horsepower and 63 lb-ft of torque. The power is transferred to the rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox and a chain drive.

The main differences between the F 850 GS and the GS Adventure are updates to the exterior. The GS Adventure comes equipped with adjustable levers, an adjustable windshield, enduro-style footrests, a tough engine guard, hand protectors, and a stainless-steel luggage rack as standard. Other standard features also include ABS, Automatic Stability Control, selectable ride modes (Rain, Road), an anti-hopping clutch, and LED lighting.

For 2021, the F 850 GS Adventure is available in three color options: Ice Grey, Style Rallye with Kalamata Metallic Gold, and a special edition black and yellow design that celebrates 40 years of the GS brand designation.

The 2021 BMW F 850 GS Adventure starts at $14,545 USD / $16,500 CAD

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 BMW F 850 GS Adventure in one place.

2021 BMW F 850 GS Adventure

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $14,545 USD / $16,500 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • ABS Pro and DTC as standard
    • Dynamic ESA Pro
    • Large 6.1 gallon fuel tank

Main Specs

  • Engine: 853 cc water-cooled in-line two-cylinder engine
  • Power:  90 HP
  • Torque: 63 lbs-ft
  • Wet Weight: 538 lbs (244 kg)
  • Seat Height: 34.4 in (875 mm)

2021 BMW F 850 GS Adventure

2021 BMW F 850 GS Adventure Specifications

From BMW


Engine 853 cc, Water-cooled 4-stroke in-line two-cylinder engine
Engine Power 90 Hp
Bore x Stroke 84 mm x 77 mm
Compression Ratio 12.7 : 1
Mixture control Electronic fuel injection
Starter Electric
Max Torque 63 lb-ft (86 Nm) at 6,250 rpm


Clutch Multi-plate wet clutch, mechanically operated
Transmission Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox with straight cut gears
Drive Chain Drive


Suspension Front Upside-down telescopic fork, Ø 43 mm
Suspension Rear Cast aluminum 2-sided swing arm, WAD strut (travel related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable
Brakes Front Dual floating disc brakes, dual-piston floating calipers, diameter 12.0″ (305 mm)
Brakes Rear Single disc brake, diameter 10.4″ (265 mm), single-piston floating caliper
Tires Front 90/90 – 21 54V
Tires Rear 150/70 – 17 69V
Fuel Tank Capacity 6.1 gal (23 l)
Color Ice Grey


Alternator Three-phase 416 W generator
Battery 12 V / 10 Ah, maintenance free
Headlight Full-LED headlight
Tail Light


Overall Length 90.6″ (2,300 mm)
Overall Width 37.0″ (939 mm)
Overall Height 56.6″ (1,437 mm)
Wheelbase 62.7″ (1593 mm)
Castor 4.9″ (126 mm)
Seat Height Standard Seat: 34.4″
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fueled

538 lbs (244 kg)



2021 BMW F 850 GS Adventure

2021 BMW F 850 GS Adventure Features

A good feeling – on every mile

This GS is ready for every terrain you want to cross. The standard engine protection bars make it robust without limiting your riding freedom. If you are planning a longer trip, simply increase your storage space using the available aluminum cases.

Power for every off-road challenge

This bike wants to get out into the world: The powerful, parallel twin engine with 90 hp gives you and your thirst for discovery the right drive. The engine will impress you with its powerful sound, strong performance of 90 hp at 8,250 rpm and smooth running. With a torque of 63 lb-ft at 6,250 rpm, this dual-sport motorcycle has enough power for most any off-road challenge – wherever you want to take it.

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  1. Please help me. I just bought a 2021 F850GS Adventure. After I bought it, I was told that the engine was made in China. My heart sank to the bottom of my chest. Could you Please look into it for me? I am praying that it is a true European made engine.

    Joe you wrote.
    ( Like the regular F 850 GS, the F 850 GS Adventure uses a compact European-made liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. )

    I will Thank you Joe ahead of time for your answer.

    Sincerely Tom S.
    United States
    11-25-2020 at 9:00pm.

    1. Hi Tom!

      Yes the new engines for BMW will be manufactured in China along with engines for KTM for the 890 adventure. The engines are designed in Europe and the specifications are exact due to that fact.

      I know judging by your comment that’s a huge deterrent, but it’s worth noting BMW and KTM won’t allow their very successful bikes to be hindered by quality control issues from being manufactured in China or anywhere else. I believe the quality will be there and even if I’m wrong I’m sure you know BMW has an outstanding warranty and product support program. I saw them issue a recall for last year’s F850GS that affected only a handful of bikes for the oil pump.

      I have a friend with a first year 850GS who has ridden the wheels off it with very few issues. It’s a solid design and motorcycle that I believe will take good care of you regardless of where the engine is manufactured.

      I’m a KTM rider with a deposit down already on the coming soon Norden 901. That engine will be built in China as well and I have no concerns over whether that bike will perform for me.

      Of course you could disagree and choose not to take delivery of the 850. There are plenty of other options out there with more coming each year. The new Ducati Mulistrada V4S has me drooling and it’s most definitely a European built machine.

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